Airliner World RecoveryWatch July 2021

China’s domestic aviation market is leading the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, but it has been a bumpy ride

The world is slowly adjusting to the impact of COVID-19 on air travel, with some countries emerging from lockdown and starting to recover, while others are experiencing new waves of cases and enforcing further restrictions.

As the US and China have the world’s strongest domestic aviation markets, it’s no surprise that the two countries have so far led the way in the sector’s recovery. The combined share of global daily passenger jet flight hours of both countries has risen from below 40% pre-pandemic to more than 60%. This is due to the strong recoveries in domestic travel. Cirium data shows that China edged ahead of the US and deployed more aircraft into service than before the pandemic.

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